Samantha and Riaan

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Samantha & Riaan

[dropcap color=”rosy”]O[/dropcap]ne of Riaan’s clients is the exquisite 5-star lodge, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. After his first business trip to their establishment, he immediately told me that he plans to take me there for a weekend. So he asked me to give him a weekend I wasn’t working so he could arrange. So on the 6th of October we road-tripped to Grootbos, just outside Hermanus. I was taken aback by the complete beauty of the reserve and the modern 5-star lodge. We were welcomed with big smiles and bubbly by the Front Desk staff. They invited us to sit down in the guest lounge, which overlooks the reserve and the ocean. The staff brought us our check-in form to complete at our comfortable seats in the lounge.

Included with the Accommodation are complimentary activities the lodge offers. One of the activities is a guided tour to the Klipgat Cave and then a walk along the beach. Being absolutely in love with the beach, we arranged to do this activity at 3pm that same afternoon. Our tour guide took us down to the cave and we got some beautiful photos. Thereafter we walked onto the beach from the cave, when our tour guide got a “mysterious” phone call. He said that someone had reversed into his vehicle in the parking area and had to go check it out. So he told us to keep walking along the beach to where the rocks were, he would catch up with us. So being the compassionate person I am, I offered that we go with him. Obviously, Riaan said “no he will be fine, let’s keep walking.” So we walked on the beach, which was covered in blue bottles. This made it difficult to walk and I was getting tired and frustrated. I told Riaan maybe we should go back, but he insisted we keep walking.

Eventually we got to the rocks and he invited me to sit down on one of the rocks. When I looked in front of me, there, on another rock, was an ice bucket with a bottle of my favourite bubbly in and a platter of chocolate truffles and strawberries dipped in chocolate. Riaan came to stand in front of me and started telling me how amazing our relationship has been and that he is ready to take the next step. Then he got down on his knee, in the beach sand, dug a small box out of his pocket and asked me to marry him. He opened up the box to reveal the most beautiful diamond ring, just my style in every way! I had so many butterflies in my tummy and I automatically said yes, a few times over! The tour guide popped out of nowhere and offered to open the bubbly and take a few pictures of us. We enjoyed the yummy chocolate treats while sipping on the bubbly. Clearly there was nothing wrong with the tour guides’ vehicle in the parking area!

Once we were ready to go back to the lodge, there was a 4×4 waiting at the top of the dunes to take us back. When we returned to the lodge, we were welcomed (and congratulated) with more bubbly by the Grootbos staff! Our room was decorated in flower petals and soft candle light and that evening we enjoyed a scrumptious 6-course dinner, a true fine dining experience to end off a perfect day.

Riaan totally exceeded my expectations in the way he proposed and all the elements he arranged to make the weekend the most special and memorable one ever!

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  • Melvin De Kock

    ahhhhh sweeet!!!

    The stuff you dreamt about when you were a little girl. Dreams do come true!

  • Anel

    Sooooo cute! You guys make a stunning couple!

  • Lizelle JvR

    Happy for u guys! Liz xx

  • lee Swanson

    What an amazing story. Truelly blessed a amazing couple that should have the best wedding venue

  • Neill

    Awesome story. I’ve heard Riaan’s version but this one is a lot better 🙂 all the best with the wedding arrangements and congratulations again!

  • Dianne

    Aaah, what an awesome proposal. I wish you both lots of happiness and many years of blessings. Congratulations to both of you.

  • Fiona

    What a stunning story! A true keeper! Good luck and many blessings for your life ahead!

  • Tom

    Such an awesome couple.

  • Melissa

    Beautiful story… They make such a stunning couple

  • Jenz

    i love it, what an incredible story of a young couple.

  • Marianne Boshoff

    Sam and Riaan thank you for sharing your romantic proposal with me. By reading your story it felt like I was present and enjoyed a glass of bubbly with you. Congratulations!

  • Steph

    ahhhh Schweeeeeeet!

  • Courtney Thomas

    So romanties! Well done Riaan, Samantha you are a very lucky girl.

  • Lea

    Beautiful, beautiful!!

  • Riana Matthee

    Riaan is omtrent romanties! Baie mooi kry eintlik hoendervleis!

  • Rose Behrens

    Congratulations to a wonderful couple! So romantic! Xxxx

  • Adell van Eck

    Wow, an amazing story of the most loving couple. Well done with planning this special day Riaan. Definitely any girl’s dream to say yes to the man of their dreams surrounded by the beach, bubbly and chocolates, topped off with a diamond ring.

  • Peta

    Stunning couple! Baie baie romanties en wens hul ‘n lewe van geluk en voorspoed toe!!!!!

  • Annie

    Very romantic! Well Done Riaan!

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  • Carl Lowton

    Hi. I’m the Carl from
    I know this is a competition, and that comments mean votes, but to me it is more than that.
    This is about marriage and the people who take that step. You have chosen this path, and my wish is that your relationship may be blessed.
    Congratulations on your engagement and all the best for the big day – and every day of your journey together.

  • Franc le Roux

    Congratulations, with a start like this the future will certainly be bright.

  • Dave

    Soooo happy for u Sam! And such a sweet special story 🙂 u guys are amazing and wish u all the best for the rest

  • Riaan Boshoff

    Definitely the luckiest man alive!

    Exactly 4 months since we got engaged – to the day

    Counting the days until this amazing woman goes from being my fiancée to being my darling wife! <3

    T-minus 7 months!

  • Mandy Henriques

    What a romantic proposal. You two make a lovely couple and I wish you all the best. Congratulations!
    PS. stunning pictures!! 🙂

  • Shaney Van Dyk

    Such an amazing proposal interesting new idea.And what a lovely looking couple all the best 🙂

  • Lana van Wyk

    Sounds amazing !! May this be the start of many many more beautiful memories like this one 😉

  • Mandy Henriques

    What a romantic proposal. You two make a lovely couple and I wish you all the best.
    PS. beautiful pictures!! 🙂

  • Shane Mackrill

    Celebrating a new definition of love.
    On behalf of Uwe Koetter Jewellers,
    Congratulations Riaan and Samantha!

  • Diana Henriksen

    Congratulations ……a lovely story for forever!!!

  • Erika Theron

    Nice one Riaan 🙂 All the best to you both!

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  • Darrel Allan

    “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me”
    ― Winston Churchill

    Well done Riaan and a big congratulations to the both of you!

  • Neil

    Unbelievable… First time I have heard the whole story and I know the two of you are going to be extremely happy in the future together!

  • Shirley

    a special proposal for a special lady – you deserve this happiness Samantha.

  • Martin Kantika

    WOW!!! Very Amazing indeed…Happy for you guys.

  • Cecile van Noordwyk

    Impressive Riaan. Congratulations to the both of you and may all your dreams come true!

  • Henri

    Congratulations you two love birds 🙂

  • Alasdair

    Wow. Awesome proposal!

  • Francis

    Baie geluk Samantha en Riaan. Mag julle ‘n mooi toekoms saam hê.

  • Marc

    Nice one lang man . Baie geluk julle 2 !

  • Cheryl le Roux

    What a lovely story. Good luck to you both. May you make the most awesome memories to look back on when you are growing old together.

  • Jacques

    Hey ther…

    I’m glad it was nothing but the best for my cuz, I’m really glad you to are so happy together and inlove, its good to se family like this, really happy for u two, it all sound beautiful 🙂

  • Barbara

    Such a romantic experience! We wish you all the best as you begin your lives together.

  • Derick

    Such a beautiful story. May you both be blessed as you take this great step. Best of luck with all the arrangements.

  • Ansu Matthee

    Baie geluk julle!…Klink of ons saam met julle daar was!**

  • Patricia

    The most romantic proposal for the most romantic couple all our blessings to wish you a wonderful time together

  • Chris Geary

    They say every tall person needs a short person, in this case Riaan found Sam! Two great people joining their lives and starting a future!
    Such a romantic start to the future can only mean there are great things lying ahead for the two of you!!!

    Congratulations on the engagement 🙂

  • René

    How romantic! Every girl dreams of a proposal like this. Contratulations to you both.

  • Michelle

    Lekker kry ek nou hoendervleis! Stunning photos!
    Congratulations 🙂

  • Samantha

    What a romantic proposal it was! Definitely the best day of my life… so far 😉
    Can’t wait for our Wedding day in 7 months! <3

  • Lois

    This is an awsome proposal … what a romantic guy you are Riaan. I wish you buckets full of love, happiness, health and a blessed future!!

  • JJ

    May the Good Lord bless you both!

  • Lois

    What an awsome proposal.. May you be blessed with happiness, health and buckets full of love!

  • Tania

    Hey you, my tall friend never knew you can be so romantic. This is so beautiful, congrats and all the best to you guys.

  • Jessica

    Lovely story!

  • Tiffany kroll borruso

    Absolutely beautiful proposal! Xxxx good luck

  • Alex

    Nice one Riaan! Sweet proposal!!!

  • jola

    Very sweet!!

  • donna

    Riaan and Samantha, this sounds like a true life fairytale!!! You guys make a mean team and will have the best future ahead of you, the way you both deserve it!! Congratulations on this special day coming up. Two amazing people, one amazing life together! Xx

  • June Kroukamp

    Well done to Riaan for arranging such a romantic proposal! Riaan and Samantha…keep the romance and element of surprise alive in your relationship. It is such a special thing to have! May you be blessed in this time of your engagement and the years that lie ahead as husband and wife. Treasure every moment! xox

  • Basil

    So excited the two of you are getting married

  • Mauritz Nortje

    Proverbs 18:22

    He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

    Congrats – This is one of the best decisions that one can make in life. May the Lord bless your union and be your foundation.
    Look after one another and cherish every moment you spend together.

    Live, laugh and enjoy every moment.

    All of the best.

    God bless.

  • Isabella

    Very romantic story and a cute couple! Wish you guys happiness!

  • Louw

    What a lucky lady!

  • Tanya Canaris

    Congratulations to both of you.What an amazingly beautiful proposal story.May you enjoy planning your wedding together to make it the most perfect day to remember.May your footprints in the sand be never washed away and be everlasting.

  • Heidi Sparks

    Romantic! How sweet!

  • Sonja

    Sam, you guys deserve the best! Hope you win!!!

  • Kinross

    Hey guys. Awesome brilliant and legit!

  • Neale

    Awesome story 🙂 I wish you guys a lifetime of happiness.

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